|This magnificent White-bellied Sea Eagle gave fantastic views over the boat as we drifted into the mangroves ...|
|... performing several circuits before undertaking a final fly-past back towards its favoured lookout perch.|
|Not to be outdone, a Brahminy Kite gets in on the raptor action.|
|The mangroves at Krabi provide excellent close-up birding from the boat, but Mangrove Pitta is not guaranteed.|
|Among the other species seen was the only Black-hooded Oriole of the trip.|
|A good day for swifts and hirundines included excellent looks at Pacific Swallow.|
The verdict? Overall, a fantastic trip. My own prime targets had been the two headline birds, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Gurney's Pitta, and I could not have asked for more. We spent just the right amount of time with each, ample enough for careful observation and prolonged photography, and those memories will last a very long time. Banded Pitta was up there with them, but there were so many other highlights too, and the combined skills of Mark Andrews and Yotin Meekaeo added hugely to the experience.
WildWings has run the tour enough times to be able to squeeze the best out of the itinerary, and with a combined group total which must have been some way over 250 species, it certainly exceeded expectations. I look forward to returning some day, maybe next time to the north.